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10 Suggestions to Select Great Educational Games

What’s a good game? Common Sense Media has just released a list of 10 suggestions to help teachers and parents sort out the best from the rest. This non-profit organization launched its educational ratings program for video games and digital media for youths. It has been rating media – such as movies, games, apps, books, TVs, websites, music – based on age appropriateness and learning potential. The nation’s leading authorities and researches are also influencing the developmental criteria.

The review listed 10 characteristics of good games with educational value, along with 2 examples for each suggestion.

  • Draw your kids in
  • Put kids in the driver’s seat
  • Suit your child’s age and interest
  • Challenge kids to experiment
  • Let kids create
  • Add a social element
  • Complement school
  • “Tell” instead of “show”
  • Have style
  • Go beyond repetition

Check out the examples selected to represent these good game elements, if learning happens while the entertainment of games keep children driven to level up, then that’s it!

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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).
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